Liver & Gallbladder
The liver is a large organ weighing three pounds in the average adult and measuring about 9.5 inches across. It performs over 500 separate metabolic functions for the body. These functions can be grouped into two main actions: one, processing digested food received from the blood, and two, filtering wastes and toxins also from the blood.
The liver controls the glucose (sugar) level in the blood. It can remove or add glucose at will. This keeps the level of glucose at a constant within the blood at all times.
The liver collects newly absorbed nutrients and depending on the body’s needs can either release them into the blood or store them as fat or glycogen. The liver also stores copper, iron, and the vitamins A, B12, D, E, and K.
The liver has cells called Kupffer’s cells that ingest and break down old white and red blood cells. The Kupffer’s cells also break down some bacteria as well as toxins.
There are areas in the liver that specialize in the chemical alteration of toxic molecules into water-soluble forms. These forms are less harmful and can easily be eliminated through urine via the kidneys.
The liver can also eliminate harmful substances by excreting them into the bile. The gallbladder is a pear shaped pouch for bile received from the liver, which, when secreted into the small intestines, helps to digest and break down fat and cholesterol.
Bile salts contain cholesterol in a liquid form. However, if there is an excess of cholesterol and other toxins they can crystallize in the gallbladder. When this happens gallstones begin to form.
One can easily see the importance of this powerful organ of elimination. If the liver is toxic the entire body will certainly suffer. In turn when the liver has been cleansed, almost all the body's processes will be greatly strengthened.
Physical Signs Traditionally Associated With a Toxic
Liver & Gallbladder
- Easily fatigues
- Headaches, including migraines
- Food sensitivities
- Period problems & severe PMS
- Alcohol & substance abuse
- Stiff, tense, aching muscles and nerves
- Weak tendons
- Eye problems: including spots, floaters, dry eyes, cataracts, and sore eyes
- Nails: dry & over cracked
- Tics & tremors
- Lack of energy
- Allergic reactions
- Disturbed equilibrium
As we know, the liver is the body’s primary means of processing toxins. When it becomes overwhelmed the body is affected in many ways. Because of the increased difficulty dealing with toxins in the body, one may become much more sensitive to environmental toxins, increasing allergic responses, feelings of lethargy, and lack of energy. The body is overwhelmed at its primary processing plant. When this happens, toxins begin to back up and affect other areas of the body.
Also, the liver controls the body’s sugar level. In a toxic state the liver may struggle to maintain this constant level, leading to fluctuating sugar levels that can greatly affect one’s energy level.
Emotional Signs Traditionally Associated With a Toxic
Liver & Gallbladder
- Spaced out
- Mental confusion
- Lack of ability to express anger
- Unreasonable temper tantrums
- Mood swings
- Violent behavior
A great deal of energy is used to perform all of the liver’s many functions. However, if excess toxins are present, the liver is unable to use its own energy and this creates a situation similar to a huge traffic jam at rush hour. Nothing can go anywhere and this manifests itself as a great source of frustration and anger. With energy it cannot use, the liver and one’s emotions have a very short fuse.
On the other hand, a toxic system can also limit the liver’s energy. If one’s liver does not have enough energy to perform all its tasks, one may become ungrounded. This manifests as mental confusion and lack of concentration related to the liver’s inability to carry out all of its necessary tasks.